As reported by ESPN, West Ham United and Everton are set to battle it out this summer in an effort to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
While Everton haven’t lacked for goals this season given the form of Romelu Lukaku, West Ham certainly have and the Hammers are looking to get one over on the Toffees this summer in an effort to close the gap between mid-table mediocrity and European qualification.
That’s according to ESPN who say that both Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman want £20m-rated Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.
The outlet reckon the Hammers have no problem spending that kind of cash on the 20 year old Nigerian but face competition from an Everton side that could require a rebuilding effort if Lukaku leaves Goodison Park.
The reported £20m is a lot of money for a 20 year old with limited first team experience but perhaps demonstrates just how highly Pep Guardiola rates him. There’s no disgrace playing second fiddle to Sergio Aguero and with starlet Gabriel Jesus arriving, he’s only fallen further down the pecking order.
First team football would do him the world of good and West Ham could certainly offer that since they don’t exactly have an abundance of options in attack.
Despite limited appearances this season, he’s still managed to score 7 goals for Guardiola, including 2 in the UEFA Champions League, adding to his 14 in all competitions last term. It’s clear he has ability and the finishing instinct needed to be a success in the English top-flight and if the Irons can get the deal done, it seems like a no-brainer of a decision.